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William Howard diary

 Collection — Folder: 1 (shares a clamshell)
Identifier: A 056

Scope and Contents

Howard's diary chronicles the rigors of his journey from Clackamas County to the gold fields of eastern Oregon, as well as his early experiences mining for gold. He also made note of the weather for each day of his trip. There is an abbreviated ledger of Howard's debts and expenses incured on the trip at the end of the diary.


  • April 1862-September 1862


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

With his brother Charles, William Howard located diggings on Granite Creek in the Powder River Valley of eastern Oregon. He was killed in a mining accident at Granite Creek September 7, 1862.


0.1 linear feet (1 container) : 1 folder

Language of Materials



William Howard travelled from Clackamas County to the minefields of eastern Oregon to dig for gold with his brother Charles. The collection consists of a single diary detailing his journey and early mining experiences.

Related Materials

Other collections relating to William Howard at Special Collections and University Archives include: Charles Howard diary, A 054.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Guide to the William Howard Diary
Complete Description
Austin Munsell
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA